Queens


29
Sep 10

Dana Humphrey knows everyone.

Dana Humphrey, photographed in Queens. ©Tony Gale

Dana Humphrey, photographed in Queens. ©Tony Gale

Dana Humphrey

No, literally, she knows everyone !  After only arriving in NYC 2 years ago from San Diego, Dana has built up an extensive network of contacts.  Her company, White Gate PR has grown tremendously, creating buzz for small businesses, arts organizations and the pet industry !
New York City may be where she calls home, but Dana is also worldly and well cultured.  She has lived in 5 countries on 3 different continents – the US, the UK, Canada, Turkey and Morocco, all before the age of 30 !
In addition to running her busy and thriving public relations business and maintaining a busy travel schedule, Dana is also an athlete having completed the New York City triathlon this past July as well as the Queens Half Marathon in August.
Get to know Dana and you will get to know *everyone !*

No, literally, she knows everyone !  After only arriving in NYC 2 years ago from San Diego, Dana has built up an extensive network of contacts.  Her company, White Gate PR has grown tremendously, creating buzz for small businesses, arts organizations and the pet industry !

New York City may be where she calls home, but Dana is also worldly and well cultured.  She has lived in 5 countries on 3 different continents – the US, the UK, Canada, Turkey and Morocco, all before the age of 30 !

In addition to running her busy and thriving public relations business and maintaining a busy travel schedule, Dana is also an athlete having completed the New York City triathlon this past July as well as the Queens Half Marathon in August.

Get to know Dana and you will get to know *everyone !*

Nominated and described by Michelle Kawka


25
May 10

Michelle Kawka, attracting attention

Michelle Kawka, photographed in Queens, NY. © Tony Gale

Michelle Kawka, photographed in Queens, NY. © Tony Gale

Michelle Kawka

Michelle once said to me, “I always seem to attract attention when I travel abroad, I don’t know why.”
I should have told her, “Darling! The French aren’t the only ones who appreciate your appeal!”
Her high heels leave a clicking echo behind her as she enters an art gallery and people can’t help but stare at this American beauty with a dash of a European flare that was certainly acquired during her six months in Italy where she perfected her flawless Venetian accent over a glass of Chianti. Of course, the gallery I’m referring to is the one displaying her own photography in New York City (or was it Paris? I can’t keep track).

Michelle had her privileged future mapped out for her, having grown up with a summer residence in the Hamptons and obtained her bachelor’s degree from prestigious Weselyan University in Connecticut. This did not stop her from rolling up her sleeves in an attempt to pierce through the very closed knit circle of photography in the Manhattan. This attempt turned into success after 6 years of hard work built over a solid foundation of pure talent. I could only imagine her mother’s reaction when she came home with the news that her work was now being displayed in museums (and that she had a pair of angel wings tattooed on her back).

If you speak to Michelle during her well-attended photography exhibits, make sure to put down your coupe de champagne, and take a close look into her eyes, and tell her what you see. She’s quite used to it. Some call it sectoral heterochromia. However, most just say, “You have two different colour eyes! “ Maybe it’s a vestige of her former life as a mermaid, of which she is very fond. Michelle could even make an atheist believe in Karma.

As our friendship reached the 15 year mark from across the Atlantic ocean, I am proud have Michelle as my friend and look forward to another 15 years (at least!) of good times.

Nominated and described by Al Vareau